Books are Perfect Holiday Gifts

It’s almost holiday gift-giving time, and you’re probably thinking about the search for the perfect, thoughtful gift for clients, friends, colleagues, and family. In thinking through my favorite gifts, among them are the books I’ve received.

Reasons to Give a Book This Holiday Season

There are so many reasons that a book is the perfect gift. Consider these:

  • Books can be a timely gift (for the person who wants the “latest”)
  • Books are easy to purchase, wrap, and ship
  • You can’t buy the wrong size when buying a book
  • No batteries or chargers are needed
  • Books are the gift that keeps on giving (even when you’re finished, you can read it again!)
  • Books are affordable
  • You’re supporting authors!
  • You can tailor your gift to the needs of the individual – there is a book for everyone
  • Books can be personalized and remembered forever
  • You can never have too many books
  • Books can take you places
  • Better than a fruitcake or socks
  • You are giving the gift of knowledge, joy, insight, inspiration

You can probably think of more!

How do you pick the perfect book for each person on your gift list? I’ve put together a list of my author’s books, along with the ideal reader AND the link to Amazon. Make holiday gift-giving easy and personal at the same time by using this shopping list!

Peter Margaritis – Taking the Numb out of Numbers

For financial professionals

Presenting financial information by putting the needs of the audience before yours will compel you to become a more confident presenter and deliver information with clarity.

Kathy Koultourides – Lucifer Leaders

For sales managers, sales leadership, human resources (recruiters, generalists, managers and leaders), sales trainers.

Identify the root of all evil in your sales force before they can derail your entire organization and cost you a fortune.

Stephanie Feger – Color Today Pretty

For anyone looking to find fulfillment in life. Whether they are seeking for more or looking for continued inspiration, it’s a perfect fit for anyone!

Spurred to capture everyday moments turned extraordinary, Color Today Pretty takes you on a personal reflection – traversing life’s difficulties and also finding beauty in the mundane.

Lisa Braithwaite – Presenting for Humans

For entrepreneurs or business professionals who use speaking as a tool to promote or grow their businesses.

PFH is a quick, engaging, thought-provoking read, providing accessible and practical lessons on improving your attitude, performance and audience connection while delivering meaningful and memorable presentations.

Lois Creamer – Book More Business

For speakers or those who want to speak

This book is about the business of speaking and how to get paid to speak, and includes specific strategies, scripts and information provided for you to jump start a speaking business or take your current business to the next level.

Cathy Fyock – On Your Mark

For professionals and thought leaders who want to write a book as a business development strategy

If you want to write a book as a business tool, On Your Mark provides a step-by-step guide to writing your book fast!

Cathy Fyock – Blog2Book

For professionals and thought leaders who are interested in writing blog posts that could become their next book.

If you’ve been blogging a post each week for a year, you probably have enough content for a book. See how to put it all together in this blog2book model!


For HR and OD professionals and business leaders who are concerned about employee engagement and productivity

This unique and powerful book written by a team of HR and OD leaders explores the nuances of bring our whole selves to work, and challenges us to shed the outdated notion of asking employees to check their humanity at the door.


For HR and OD professionals and business leaders who want to create more compassionate workplaces

This volume explores what it means to offer a compassionate workplace, sharing messages about wellbeing, work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, personal and professional development, and spirituality at work.

Paul Erway – 50 Abilities Unlimited Possibilities

For people with challenges to overcome, athletes who set the next goal of races to run, for those who know the power of attitude, regardless of abilities or disabilities.

Imagine three wheelchair racers setting and completing a truly audacious goal: Finishing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks, journey that’s as life-changing as it is inspiring.

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg – The YOLO Principle

For small business owners or HR professionals who need expert guidance to hire the right people.

The YOLO Principle teaches a proven recruiting strategy to attract and hire the high-performing team members they need to be more efficient, effective, and profitable.

Elizabeth Jeffries – What Exceptional Executives Need to Know

For executives and managers who lead a team of people and want to develop them to be star performers with greater contribution to the organization, their team and their own growth.

Packed with stories and skills-building techniques, this is the most valuable one-stop tool for growing your role as a coach to your team that will produce extraordinary results for the person and the organization!

Russell Trahan – Sell Yourself without Saying a Word

For any expert or thought leader (business person, speaker, consultant, author) who wants to build name recognition in front of their target market.

Everyone reads magazines and online content.  Build your business name recognition by placing articles in front of your target market where they already are.

Tom Boomershine – After Ever After

For anyone looking to find and keep a long term, committed relationship, primarily women between the ages of 25-45 who want to get married for the first or second time.

“After Ever After,” will give you the tools you need to find and keep the love of a lifetime.

Amy C. Waninger – Network Beyond Bias

For early to mid-career professionals who want more from their careers

This book will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer.

Melinda Kelly – Finding Your Coach

For people continuing their personal journey and experiences.

Each of us is on a journey, a quest. Sometimes we need help with our roadmap.  Sometimes we need help folding our roadmap.  Do we know which we need and when?

Rob Campbell – It’s Personal Not Personnel

For mid to senior level business and military leaders of organizations who desire self-improvement and who appreciate the value of people in their organization but may not know the best way to lead them

This book is about leading in a very personal way.  Rob shares his 27 years of Army leadership.  It’s about knowing yourself, knowing your people, and investing in them.

Mark Graban – Measures of Success

For leaders in any organization who track performance metrics about their business results.

This book provides a method (“Process Behavior Charts”) for leaders to visualize metrics in a way that helps them react less, lead better, and improve more.

Jenn Baxter – Live a F.A.S.T. Life

For anyone that has reached a point where they feel like, “there’s got to be more to life than this.”  Anyone who is tired of feeling stressed, sick and tired.  Anyone who feels like they’ve got too much in their life… too much clutter, too much noise, too much stuff… and wants to simplify and get back to what really matters.

Live a F.A.S.T. is part memoir and part help guide, about how the author found her life by stripping it down and cleaning it up, and how you can do the same.

Eric Williamson – How to Work with Jerks

For managers and employees who work with jerks.

How to Work with Jerks offers solutions for professionals and leaders who want to motivate and retain their staff.

Sara Potecha – West Point Woman

For those who have faced adversity and want to build resilience.

One of the first women graduates of West Point shares her experiences to arm others with leadership skills needed to fight “battles” in their professional and personal lives.

Cara Silletto – Staying Power
For executives, leaders, and managers
Why are employee turnover rates skyrocketing? Staying Power explains how the workforce has changed in the last 10 years and what leaders can do to keep their top talent from walking out the door.

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